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Ella Jenkins wears the title given her by many of her fans, "The First Lady of Children’s Music," with tremendous energy. Now in her ninth decade, she continues to encourage young children to hop, skip, jump, clap, dance, and be active through song. Drawn from many recordings created during her legendary career, these songs demonstrate Ella’s genius as both a music educator and children’s entertainer.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35999 (added 1/16/2013)
In the land of Blue Clouds, anything can happen. The clear and beautiful voice of children’s music favorite Elizabeth Mitchell weaves musical landscapes that “seem like a patchwork of memories we’ve always shared,” writes Caldecott Award – winning author Brian Selznick in the liner notes. The dreamlike illustrations of legendary artist Remy Charlip illuminate the magical narratives of these timeless songs. Mitchell’s extended family band, You Are My Flower, including daughter Storey and husband Daniel Littleton, embrace us with sound in a celebration of family, imagination and love. 16 tracks, 39 minutes, 32 page booklet. Launch date: October 2012.
Awards: 2013 TDmonthly Seal of Approval
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 35131 (added 9/25/2012)
When renowned musician & songwriter Chip Taylor ("Wild Thing" & "Angel of the Morning") became a grandfather, he directed his creative energy to writing new songs with & for his grandkids. Golden Kids Rules melds the husky, time-worn vocals & the musical instincts of a seasoned performer with the charming artistry of his 3 young grandchildren. Taylor's brother, actor Jon Voight, offers an insightful introduction to the artist & the album. 13 tracks, 38 mins, 20+page booklet w/ lyrics. Launch date: October 18, 2011.
Awards: TDmonthly Top Toy Award, January 2012.
— Why it won: A great CD that tackles topics relevant to kids without being patronizing or sacrificing the quality of the actual music. Lovely tunes that parents and kids can listen to together.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 32957 (added 9/26/2011)
A true family affair, "Sunny Day" features performances with Elizabeth Mitchell’s husband and musical partner, Daniel Littleton, their nine-year-old daughter Storey and Storey's cousins and friends. The album features two original songs written by Storey, and guest performers include Levon Helm, Dan Zanes, Jon Langford (Mekons), and the Children of Agape Choir of South Africa. There is something here for every musical taste, from traditional American folk songs, to Japanese and Korean nursery songs, to fresh new arrangements of popular songs. "Elizabeth Mitchell and her group offer "handmade music" without glitsiness. It's honest and entertaining," Sugar Mountain PR's Beth Blenz-Clucas told TDmonthly.
Awards: Dr. Toy 100 Best Children's Products - 2010
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 30557 (added 9/13/2010)
Joined by a host of family and friends including Arlo Guthrie, Pete and Tao Rodriguez Seeger, singer-songwriter Sarah Lee Guthrie presents thoughtful yet playful recordings of traditional songs and new compositions. The album includes three songs featuring lyrics by Woody Guthrie never before put to music and eight songs written by Sarah Lee and family. Awards: 2009 Dr. Toy ("Best Picks" Award) and 2009 Oppenheim Toy Portfolio (“PLATINUM” Award). Launch date: October 27, 2009.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 26893 (added 2/4/2010)
"Tom Glazer Sings Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGGG and Other Favorites" is a delightful collection of children's music recorded live from the 1950s to the 1970s. Among the 24 remastered songs are irresistible favorites like "Skip to My Lou," "This Old Man," and "Hush Little Baby," as well as original songs composed by Glazer and unique renditions of folk classics from around the world. With intimate liner notes by John, Peter and Diana Wasserman Glazer, including lyrics to the songs, "Tom Glazer Sings Honk-Hiss-Tweet-GGGGGGGG and Other Favorites" introduces Glazer's legacy to the children of the twenty-first century. Launch date: October 28, 2008.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 20803 (added 9/29/2008)
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This reissue of musician-biologist Sam Hinton’s delightful retelling of traditional songs and stories allows present and future generations to enjoy what Hinton accomplished more than 40 years ago: He took traditional songs and made them his own. A 24-page booklet accompanies this 38-minute CD. Songs include “Frog Went Courting” and “Jolly Old Roger.” Launch date: August 29, 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9560 (added 10/3/2006)
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“This is the family music that I love – soulful, mysterious, inclusive & rollicking!” – Dan Zanes
Mitchell performs homespun renditions of songs by Woody Guthrie, Bob Marley, The Velvet Underground, Vashti Bunyan and more. It was named one of the 100 Best Children’s Products of 2006 by Dr. Toy. “This is real, honestly recorded acoustic music…[that] parents will want to sing along with their children and enjoy for years to come,” Beth Blenz-Clucas of Sugar Mountain PR told TDmonthly. Launch date: August 29, 2006.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 9559 (added 10/3/2006)
This Grammy-winning children’s album features colorful new arrangements of some of singer/songwriter Ella Jenkins’ most popular songs. The tracks range in musical style, including folk, salsa, country-western, Dixieland, ragtime, mariachi, and African rhythms. Artists include Pete Seeger, Sweet Honey in The Rock, Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer, Tom Chapin, Tom Paxton, Bill Harley, Red Grammer, John McCutcheon, Riders in the Sky, Mariachi los Camperos, Mike Stein, and Michele Valeri. Children’s voices also play a key role on this recording.
ToyDirectory Product ID#: 2975 (added 2/25/2005)
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